Date: 8/28/17 8:06 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Eastern Kingbird 'Fallout' in Crosby County
Greetings All: Eastern Kingbird is a rare migrant in most of my region and I generally consider myself lucky to see one or two annually in the area.
Yesterday (28 August 2017) I saw eight! They were patchily distributed throughout the county (1 was at Silver Falls Rest Area; 1 was along FM 28 north of Highway 82; 2 were along FM 193 between FM 28 and FM 651; 2 were at the FM 193 x FM 651 junction; 1 was along FM 651 north of Crosbyton; 1 was along FM 651 south of Crosbyton).
This is a truly phenomenal number of Eastern Kingbirds for a single day in Crosby County and I couldn't help but wonder (though I saw no other evidence in the form of eastern migrants) if these were southbound migrants shunted westward by the swirling air mass of Harvey. The outermost bands of this system were, for a time, visible from the Crosby/ Dickens County line: well organized bands of clouds coming from the east and then curving to the south in the distance.